What Bedding Do You Use for a 1 Year Old?
As every new parent knows, sleep is super important when you have a child. From being a baby, they grow into a toddler; a good sleep routine and a soothing, safe and comfortable environment are super important for your little one and for you as a parent.
One of the best ways to promote a good night’s sleep is by using the right bedding for your toddler. The Bedding Comfort Store has a luxurious, soft and cosy range of toddler nursery bedding to ensure your child is comfortable at night. In this post, we discuss the best bedding for your 1-year-old and give examples of our lovely bedding products.
Choosing a mattress
A cot mattress is a small mattress which goes inside your baby’s cot to create a comfortable and safe sleeping environment. The cot mattress shouldn’t only be comfortable, breathable, firm, and hypoallergenic. Investing in a waterproof mattress or a waterproof sheet is also a great idea for those little accidents.
Before we delve into bedding, you’ll need to make sure you have a mattress for your baby that fits in their cot or cot bed. Babies need a firm mattress to help to keep them safe, and this mattress is still fine to use as your baby grows into a toddler. When choosing a baby cot mattress, make sure it is firm and fits the size of your baby’s bed to keep them safe and comfortable.
Is it safe to reuse a cot mattress?
No, it’s generally not safe to reuse a cot mattress. If you’re using a second-hand mattress or one you’ve used for another child, you can’t always be sure that it’s clean. As any parent will tell you, babies make a mess, they have little accidents at night with leaky nappies or through sickness, and these spills get into the fibres of the mattress.
Bed bugs can also be a concern with any used furniture, and that includes crib mattresses; they’re not always visibly noticeable, which is an obvious concern. If you’re buying from someone you don’t know online, you don’t know how well the mattress has been treated, if they had pets or if it was cleaned regularly.
In addition to this, mattresses don’t last forever, and one that’s been used before may simply not be suitable and usable anymore. Crib mattresses should be as firm as possible, and if it’s been overused, the firmness will not be as it was intended.
When to use cot bedding
We understand it can be difficult to know when to use cot bedding. It’s considered safe to use a fitted sheet in your cot, bedside crib or bassinet but introducing a pillow and a duvet should be saved for when they turn 12 months old. This is because your toddler has generally developed gross motor skills and fine motor skills therefore, it is considered much safer to introduce a duvet and pillow because of the reduced risk of SIDS.
Choosing the right bedding for your 1-year-old
Although it is considered safe to provide your toddler with bedding once they reach 12 months old, choosing the right bedding that will suit their needs is important so they’re comfortable and safe. At the Bedding Comfort Store, we stock toddler pillows and duvets that can be bought separately or cot bed duvet and pillow sets.
Choosing a pillow
You’ll want to find a pillow made with breathable materials. At the Bedding Comfort Store, we stock beautifully breathable, perfect pillows. With a range of options, including our cotton duvet and pillow sets, along with our hypoallergenic toddler pillows, there is something to suit everyone.
Make sure you choose a pillow suitable for your toddler, as a normal-size pillow will be too big for them, making it uncomfortable and more of a risk. Our pillows, made for cots, are the optimum size for your little one and have the right firmness in a variety of options.
Choosing a duvet
Just like adult duvets, there are a few things to consider when choosing the right one for your toddler. Duvets have a tog level; the higher the tog, the thicker the duvet. Children overheat far easier than adults as their bodies aren’t as used to regulating temperature, so choosing the right thickness is important to avoid overheating.
Children under 4 years old should have a light duvet. It is recommended to use a tog of 4.0 or less. Choosing a warmer duvet could cause them to overheat, making them unwell and uncomfortable.
Choosing a fitted sheet
It’s safe to use a fitted sheet on your baby’s cot, cot bed or bedside crib from a baby to a toddler. The main thing to consider when choosing a fitted sheet is that it fits the mattress. The usual measurements you’ll find for a toddler mattress are 140 x 70cm and 120-60cm.
The second thing to consider when choosing a fitted sheet is the material. Cotton is generally considered the best because it’s breathable, making it great for regulating temperature. The pure and natural nature of cotton means that when it’s used for bedding, it’s light, airy and breathable. Cotton sheets absorb body heat as your toddler sleeps to keep them cool and dry.
The Bedding Comfort Store has a beautiful range of fitted sheets, including this cot bed fitted sheet in blue and this summary floral cot bed fitted sheet, with plenty more to choose from. We also sell bundles like this x2 fitted sheet pack.
When to change baby bedding
So your little baby has grown into a mini toddler at 12 months old; you’ve browsed our website and chosen a gorgeous pillow and duvet for their cot or cot bed, so now you need to know how often to change the bedding.
We understand that looking after a baby is exhausting, time-consuming and challenging just as much as rewarding. It can be overwhelming with all that going on and the added pressure of housework and chores. However, keeping your baby’s bedding clean and fresh is paramount to their comfort and health. But we don’t want you to wear yourself out with the overgrowing washing pile, so here is some advice on how often you really need to wash their bedding.
- Fitted sheets should be changed and washed twice a week
- Cot bumpers and blankets should be washed once a week
- Cot mattresses should be washed once a month
- Duvet covers and pillowcases should be changed once a week.
Baby bedding should be treated with the same care as baby clothes. Make sure you use a mild or natural detergent, if possible, to protect your toddler’s skin, and always read the care instructions on the labels. Choose a non-bio detergent which means it has no scent or product deposits left behind on the sheets, which is ideal for prolonging the life of the bedding and protecting your little one.
Bedding Comfort Store
Ready to choose your toddler’s most adorable, comfortable, and safe bedding? Excellent! Browse our range of toddler mattresses, duvets and duvet covers, pillows and pillowcases, fitted sheets, and gorgeous bedding sets on our website.
To conclude, make sure you choose bedding that is made from cotton as this fabric is breathable, so it will help your toddler to keep cool. Choose a firm mattress for their safety and never reuse a mattress or buy second-hand. Make sure you use a pillow and duvet that are the correct size for the cot or cot bed, and regularly wash for the safety and comfort of your little one.
We hope your toddler enjoys their new bedding from us and that, in turn, it provides them with many full, restful nights of sleep so you can too.